About SIN WITH ME
The past she can’t remember. The secret he hides. And a love that’s worth risking it all.
After a devastating car crash stole both her family and her memory, Grace Stanton was left with no past and an uncertain future. Now Grace likes to keep things simple. No sleepovers, never date a guy more than a month, and never, ever fall in love. Which is exactly why Grace avoids Bad Habit’s lead guitarist, Brody Scott, at all costs. The green-eyed, sexy-as-hell musician has “trouble” tattooed all over him, and Grace isn’t taking any chances with her heart.
Brody knows he doesn’t deserve an amazing woman like Grace—her creamy skin, red hair, or that smart mouth that fuels his every fantasy—but there’s something between them that’s more than chemistry. Something real. He’ll just have to convince Grace that he’s worth the risk—and hide the secret that haunts his worst dreams. But when fate plays a cruel hand, Brody’s darkest sin suddenly threatens his last chance at redemption…and the life of the woman he loves.
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“Sin with me” surprised me.
It was different from the previous two instalments, with less angst and more hilarious banter and sweet dialogues. This is one of the reasons why it’s become my favorite by Geissinger.
I simply adored this book, especially because I’d been excited but wary before starting it. Why? Because in “Make me Sin” we’re left gasping and gaping, shocked by a hinter revelation which will continue to linger even in “Sin With Me” like a black cloud. Thus, I expected this one to be a darker read. To be sadder. For guilt to swamp everything else.
Instead Brody turned out to be such a good-natured, laid-back, hilarious character. He’s less possessive alpha and more goofball. I don’t mean to say he’s not hot or alpha in general, but it wasn’t a characteristic trait as it was with Nico. Or the way AJ was a broody bastard (AJ in “Sin with Me” is soooo precious. Seeing him interact with his baby girl was just… *swoons*).
Anyway, Brody doesn’t take himself too seriously and I loved his jokes and the genuine way he had of being with Grace. He’s the main pursuer in the relationship, but even when she rejects him at first, there’s not much angst, because it seemed more like a game of cat and mouse. Playful.
Grace is another character I loved. She’s a self-made woman robbed of her memory by an accident which killed her parents. We also learn that thanks to the accident she may forget everything again without a real cause in the future, which causes her to shy away from relationships and instead satiate her carnal needs (that girl sure loves the D) with an endless stream of one-month-stands.
Grace is the epitome of an empowered woman. She’s confident in her looks, she’s sarcastic, often caustic, doesn’t put up with anyone’s shit and will always tell you what she thinks whether or not it’s what you want to hear it.
The usual stereotypical roles here were kind of reversed, with Grace being so openly sexual and the first one to actually seek physical contact with Brody once they’re close. He’s trying to be a gentleman because of something which happened in her life. About this, I want to add that, if in the previous books there were lots of twists and turns, of push and pull between the characters, here the ride was smoother, and the greatest part of the book was dedicated to the couple being together, mostly happy.
“It’s because it’s like someone asked me for a list of all the things that would make up my ideal woman and then created you in a lab for me. It’s because you’re funny and smart and sexy and independent and strong and can have any man you want, but you look at me like I’m a Christmas present. Like I’m a kept promise. Like I’m your favorite song.”
I loved how their relationship grew steadily and without much angst, which was reserved for the last section of the book. It was kind of predictable what would happen, but it was still an entertaining journey, especially since what I’d given for granted at the end of “Make Me Sin” wasn’t exactly what had happened. All in all, it made Brody’s character more redeemable, if not un-condamnable at all in the first place.
On a side note, the heat level was off the charts. “Sin With Me” is hands down the hottest book of the year for me so far. Brody goes from laid-back surfer to sex-god when in the bedroom and Grace’s personality sure made for some steamy shenanigans.
The author also didn’t forget our other beloved couples. Both of them are going through some stuff, which also caused more angst and grief than everything the main couple was going through, at least in the first part of the book. Anyway, it was perfect. I love reading about past characters, catching up with what’s happening in their HEA. Nico, Kat, Chloe, AJ, Kenji, Barney.
Barney is consistently more present in this book and we learn a lot about him. He goes from being a non-descript side-character to someone I’d really enjoy reading about.
I hope we’ll get his story, too.
In conclusion, this book hooked me from the very start. I would recommend you read the previous ones before tackling this one, and not because you may not understand some of the dynamics or subplots, but because they’re just amazing.
Lastly, this book contained also less rock n’ roll, mentioned in passing and showed at a BBQ at the beginning, but it wasn’t a key part of the story. Anyway, I didn’t really feel like it was missing. This book was hot, hot, hot with a large heaping of sweet hilariousness and a great cast of characters I can’t get enough of.
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About J.T. Geissinger
A former headhunter, J.T. Geissinger is the author of more than a dozen novels in contemporary romance, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense.
She is the recipient of the Prism Award for Best First Book, the Golden Quill Award for Best Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, and is a two-time finalist for the RITA® Award from the Romance Writers of America®. Her work has also finaled in the Booksellers’ Best, National Readers’ Choice, and Daphne du Maurier Awards.
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